Julia Tuttle

Julia Tuttle Miami History

Julia DeForest Tuttle, the “Mother of Miami” is the only female founder of a major American city. The visionary widow from Ohio bought hundreds of acres at what is now Downtown Miami, moved down on a barge, and eventually convinced railroad man Henry Flagler to extend his new railway to the Miami River by sending him an unusual package. When …

Marleine Bastien

Marleine Bastien Miami Girls make History

Marleine has tirelessly worked on many policy initiatives for the Haitian community and immigrants in her work at FANM, including, but not limited to the renewal and expansion of TPS; Comprehensive Immigration Reform—under her leadership, she has organized forums, rallies and demonstrations in South Florida to urge the Obama administration to stop deportations for all immigrants who qualify under Comprehensive …

Patricia Ireland

Patricia Ireland Miami Girls Make History

As the longest-serving president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) from 1991 to 2001, Patricia Ireland used her dozen years’ experience as a lawyer to help move NOW to the forefront of the political scene, build a strong, effective women’s movement and establish herself as a groundbreaking activist. Patricia emerged as one of the most influential feminist leaders in …

Sherry Thompson Giordano

Sherry Thompson Giordano Miami Girls make History

Sherry Thompson Giordano began her career in the High Tech industry and in 1999 served as the CEO and co-founder of S.F.T.G. Associates, Int’l., a business consulting firm, committed to assisting nonprofit organizations and commercial companies in realizing their goals of growth and organizational strength. Sherry’s expertise is in strategic and tactical business planning, new program development and program assessment, …

Maureen O’Brien

Maurine O'Brien Miami Girls Make History SVP Miami

Maureen O’Brien is a Founding Partner of SVP Miami. Social Venture Partners (SVP) is a global network of 3,500+ venture philanthropists in 40 cities, who have collectively contributed more than $56 million to 770+ social ventures since 1997. SVP Partners leverage their funds, expertise and connections to strengthen social ventures and solve the biggest challenges facing their local communities.

Cherie Cancio

Cherie Cancio Cuba One Miami Girls make History

Cherie Cancio is a Miami native whose commitment to service has led her to a career in education equity, community building, and developing transformative partnerships in Louisiana and Florida. She has served with volunteer organizations throughout the South where she was an AmeriCorps member at City Year Baton Rouge and is an active alum, where she serves as co-chair on …

Dr. Elizabeth King

Dr Elizabeth King Miami Girls Make History

When I arrived in Miami, at the young age of 18, I was filled with excitement, fear and awe. I met amazing people from the get-go. I was blessed to make new friends that offered me so many opportunities to grow. My journey in Miami was filled with a lot of “my firsts”: my first real job, my first car, …

Casey Bruce

Casey Bruce Miami Girls make History

Casey Bruce joined the ACLU of Florida in June 2016 as the Digital Communications Associate. In this role, she manages the ACLU of Florida’s social media strategy and provides communications support to the ACLU of Florida’s volunteer chapters. Prior to this position, she worked at the American Council of Young Political Leaders in Washington D.C., focusing on streamlining the organization’s …

Cindy Brown

Cindy Brown Miami Girls Make History LGBTQ Elders

JCS LGBT Senior Program seeks to enhance the quality of life of LGBT elders through programs that gather the community, offer counseling and case management services, and provide SAGE-certified training in cultural sensitivity to those in organizations that care for LGBT elders. Loneliness, housing and healthcare issues are particularly acute challenges [See South Florida LGBTQ Community Assessment Study, “As I …

Janet Solitt

Janet Solitt Miami Girls Make History

Janet Solitt grew up in Miami, Florida. She graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1985 and received a Juris Doctor degree from the American University Washington College of Law in 1988. Janet practiced law in Tampa before returning home to South Florida in 1992. Since then she has divided her time between …